The Sneak Entry
The second season of Bleach (of the same manga written and illustrated by Tite Kubo) aired from March 1 to July 2005 with a total of 21 episodes – 21-41.
Ichigo, Inoue, Chad and Uryuu journey into Soul Society with the help of ex-captain Kisuke Urahara (ex-12) and Yoruichi (ex-2) and other allies who they encounter on their way in.
Season 2 has two opening themes and three ending themes:
1. Orange Range’s “Asterisk” (ep. 21-25)
2. Uverworld’s “D-tecnoLife” (ep. 26-41)
3. Homemade Kazoku’s “Thank You!!” (ep. 21-25)
4. Younha’s “Houkiboshi” (ほうき星 – Shooting Star) (ep. 26-38)
5. Skoop on Somebody’s “happypeople” (ep. 39-41)
After a few months of this, the Soul Society’s higher-ups receive word of Rukia illegally giving away her powers and sent a detachment to arrest her. Together with some of his classmates who possess spiritual abilities, Chad, Inoue, Ishida (a Quincy) and ex-shinigami captain Yoruichi (ex-2), they travel to Soul Society to rescue Rukia. The reach the gates of Seireitei where Ichigo easily defeats Jidanbou, a colossal gate watcher. However, on the other side of the gate, the 3rd division captain Ichimaru Gin (3) is waiting to block their entrance. Using his shikai (first stage of his zanpakuto) he pushes Ichigo back to the opening of the gate.
The entire team is forced to find another way in to Seireitei. Yoruichi (ex-2) solicits the help of a friend, Kuukaku Shiba and her brother Ganju Shiba, who uses her fireworks cannon to send them in to Seireitei. However, because of Ichigo’s inability to control his spiritual energy, the group is separated upon landing. Ichigo lands with Ganju. Uryuu is with Inoue, while Chad and Yoruichi are alone.
Rukia’s sentencing has been moved up (14 days and counting) and is transferred into a cell called the Shrine of Penitence, which blocks all emission of reiatsu/spiritual powers and weakens the person in it. The captains of Gotei 13 are called in for the impending invasion of an unknown enemy (Ichigo’s party). Eleventh division captain Zaraki Kenpachi (11) is sent to impede Ichigo’s entrance.
Ichigo and Ganju fends of 11th division members Madarame Ikkakku and Ayasegawa Yumichika (11). Ichigo overpowers Ikkaku but is injured in the process. Yumichika pursues Ganju throughout Seireitei, but is finally defeated.While trying to escape the rest of the shinigamis, Ichigo and Ganju tries hold Yamada Hanatarou (4) hostage, but fail miserably. Instead Hanatarou aids them in finding Rukia’s cell. However, Abarai Renji (6) stops them and a fight ensues. Ichigo gains the upper hand after resolving to defeat Renji. Renji, reminiscing his past with his childhood friend, Rukia, then pleads for Ichigo to save her. Ichigo is then carried away by Ganju and healed by Hanatarou. A badly injured Renji is incarcerated, on order of his captain, Kuchiki Byakuya (6). Meanwhile, Kenpachi is lost, thanks to the directions given by his little vice-captain Kusajishi Yachiru (11).
Ishida and Inoue are confronted by a member of the 7th division but he easily defeats that shinigami. Chad is stopped by Kyouraku Shunsui (8), a laid-back, flamboyant captain of the 8th division. Shunsui easily, but regretfully, defeats Chad and orders his incarceration instead of killing him.
03. Summer Love
The next day, Hinamori Momo, 5th division lieutenant finds the corpse of her captain, Aizen Sousuke, hanging from a tower. Believing that Ichigo murdered her captain, Momo attacks him, but is stopped by her comrade and 3rd division lieutenant Izuru Kira. Hitsugaya Toushiro (10), 10th division captain then steps in and incarcerates Hinamori (5) and Kira (3) who turned against each other. Gin (3) watches as the duo are led away, and Toushiro (10), ever protective of his childhood friend Momo, promises to kill Gin if he harms Hinamori in any way. Locked away, Matsumoto Rangiku (10), Toushiro’s lieutenant gives Hinamori a letter from Aizen, which discloses the identity of his murderer.
Kenpachi (11) finally finds Ichigo and his spiritual energy is so great that Ichigo can’t even lay a strike against him. Hanatarou and Ganju proceeds toward Rukia’s cell. When Ichigo learns that Kenpachi hasn’t mastered his zanpakutou, he becomes overconfident, but is quickly humbled when Kenpachi stabs him in the chest and breaks his zanpakutou in the process. Unconscious, Zangetsu brings Ichigo into his world and teaches him the unpretentious truth of his zanapakutou – that it is not just a mere tool and simply knowing its name doesn’t make him more powerful. Ichigo awakens and commits to fighting Kenpachi. As the two clash in a massive strike, Ichigo and Kenpachi collapse. Yachiru (11) takes Kenpachi away for medical treatment while Yoruichi (ex-2) retrieves Ichigo. Ichigo awakens and discovers that Yoruichi is really a woman and not a cat with a male voice.
As Ganju and Hanatarou (4) approaches Rukia’s cell, Ganju realizes that the person standing before him is the killer of his brother, Kaien Shiba (13) lieutenant of 13th division. Byakuya (6) arrives at the bridge of the cell and a battle embroils. Byakuya easily defeats Ganju with his shikai but is stopped by Ukitake Juushirou (13) captain of the 13th division. Ichigo arrives to fight Byakuya but before Byakuya is able to do anything, Yoruichi steps in.
• Season 4 (Jan. – Aug. 2006)
• Season 5 (Aug. 2006 – Jan. 2007)
• Season 9 (Apr. – Oct. 2008)